RTTNews - Carmakers in the UK received more than 35,000 orders for new cars through the scrappage scheme since it was announced in April, reports said Friday.

The car scrappage scheme, started on May 18, allows drivers to scrap their cars that are more than 10 years old, in return for a GBP 2,000 discount on a new car. The scheme was announced in April's budget.

The GBP 2,000 grant is made up of GBP 1,000 from government with matched funding from vehicle manufacturers. The scheme will operate until March 2010 or until the government funding has been exhausted. The government has set aside GBP 300 million for the scheme intended to revive the country's troubled automobile industry.

Car sales in the UK declined for the eleventh consecutive month in April, prompting carmakers to reduce production and to cut employees.

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